A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

If you are based in Cardiff or anywhere in the country, our experienced lawyers are able to take on your claim and we will set up a medical assessment at a local medical centre.

Do I have a claim for injury compensation?

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last three years and another party was liable, Quittance's panel of solicitors can help you make a claim for compensation.

Do I have a claim?

Key criteria

Injury claims should be made within three years of the date of the injury in the majority of cases.

In most cases, a successful compensation claim involves three components. It must be demonstrated that:

  • a duty of care was owed
  • that the duty was breached
  • the breach was the cause of the injury or illness

Your solicitor can take you through these key points and should explain how they apply to your claim.

Injury claims calculator

The level of compensation you will be awarded is based on the seriousness of your injuries. Our compensation calculator gives you a good idea of the compensation you could get for your injuries, lost earnings and any other losses.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Cardiff

Cars involved in a road accident

Road accidents involving cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles in Cardiff are quite common. Police reporters reveal that there were 1 fatal accidents, 63 serious accidents and 803 slight accidents in 2013 in Cardiff (Total events were 867 council area. By 2014 the total had decreased to 851. Accidents in Cardiff in 2013 included traffic collisions on the dual carriageway of the A4161 and A4119 crossroads and on the dual carriageway of the A4160 and A4234 junction.

Our network of specialist lawyers are experienced in securing the highest damages for anyone who has been injured in a car or motorcycle accident in Cardiff.

Read more: Road traffic accident claims

Work accident claims in Cardiff

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has helped people, from members of the air force to colour technologists, to seek financial compensation. Accident at work information for the Cardiff local authority are published under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) by the Health and Safety Executive:

Workplace accidents in Cardiff Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury322
Machinery related injury23118
Exposed to explosion010
Exposed to fire411
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. radiation poisoning)2263
Fall from height513843
Animal related (e.g. veterinary)041
Lifting and handling injuries215128136
Physical assault724333
Slip, trip, fall same level237172148
Struck against221323
Struck by moving vehicle7612
Struck by object764849
Crushed by something collapsing214

Read more: Accident at work compensation claim

Other injury claims

Clinical negligence in Cardiff

Clinical negligence is the term used when a person is injured as the result of a doctor, nurse or other medical professional's carelessness. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you make a claim against the hospital or clinic responsible for the injury.

Alternatively, you can raise a formal complaint if you are just looking for the hospital to explain what happened rather than a compensation award. You can write to Cardigan House, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff, for example, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against Cardiff & Vale University Health Board.

Read more: Medical negligence compensation claims

Serious injury specialists acting in Cardiff

Courts understand that serious injuries can have a life-changing impact on an injured person. Quittance work to achieve compensation for serious and catastrophic injuries, including damages for medical and care costs.

Our network of solicitor firms work with Courts, medical providers and insurance companies to ensure people affected by serious accidents receive the legal and medical support they need.

Read more: Serious injury compensation claims

Slip, trip and fall injuries

Reported data emphasise the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are the most prevalent cause of injury at work in Wales in 2014/15. These types of accident are typically connected to accidents categorised as another type of accident e.g. being struck by moving machinery, a carrying injury or a quarry drowning accident. Public place claims for injuries like torn ligaments occurring on pavement cracks are also common with recent pothole trips having occurred recently.

Cardiff No Win, No Fee Solicitors

You can confidently make a claim without any financial risk with Quittance's No Win, No Fee guarantee. Our national network of solicitors cover Cardiff and across the UK.

Read more: No win, no fee compensation.

Meet the team

The nationwide network of QLS solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Cardiff, from less severe claims to life-changing clinical negligence. Our lawyers are chosen on the basis of their winning track record and their specialist knowledge.

Click here to meet more of the QLS team.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor

How much experience does Quittance have of claims in Cardiff?

Quittance is a nationwide network of award winning personal injury lawyers that helps claimants in Cardiff and throughout the UK, obtain compensation.

Our expert solicitors have helped hundreds of people across Cardiff seek compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including car accidents and accidents in the office.

Local medical centres, home visits (if required) and specialist advice, mean that claiming compensation is as convenient and stress-free as possible.

Frequently asked questions

Are claims run on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. You won't have to pay a penny to start a claim.

How to approach choosing the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor for your circumstances

Identifying a suitable legal representation for your case is an important step towards claiming the highest settlement or award for your accident.

How do you make sure you instruct the best company to act for you?

Solicitor reviews in Cardiff - What to look for

Different lawyers adopt many different approaches, from sympathetic to formal and traditional. Before picking up the phone, looking up personal injury solicitor reviews should give you a better idea of the level of service on offer.

The difference in the level of success fees and After the Event (ATE) insurance premiums between different solicitors working on Conditional Fee Agreements (CFA) is quite significant

E.g. the amount retained by a claimant awarded ?101,922 for spinal cord damage can vary from ?61,153 to ?86,634.

More information : How to compare injury solicitors quotes

Do I need to select a local Cardiff solicitor ?

The location of a lawyers office is not very important as injury cases are usually managed remotely.

It is however necessary to go with a firm with national medical centres as you will usually be expected to attend a medical exam.

Case studies

Serious Injury Solicitor

Rakhi Chauhan secures £80,000 following a road collision with a lorry

The victim was forced off the road when a lorry driver fell asleep at the wheel.

Read more
Serious Injury Solicitor

Kevin Walker obtains £80,000 for a construction worker's catastrophic hand injury

The worker also recieved trauma-specialist physiotherapy, welfare advice and state-of-the-art prostheses.

Read more
Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Howard qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and has specialised in personal injury for over 25 years. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is a recognised Law Society Personal Injury Panel expert.

Read more about this Quittance Legal Expert